Big brother

Savanna is now 2 1/2 weeks old.  One of the most frequent questions I get is not how Savanna is doing, but how Joshua is doing dealing with a new sibling.

Joshua is now just over 2 years old.  He has been doing way better with Savanna than I would have ever imagined.  When we first got home, he had a rough time for one day where he was very clingy and whiny.  But that was over in a flash.

In general, he is quite concerned whenever Savanna cries.  He would stop whatever he is doing, and go check on her or bring her a toy.  If he hears her make a noise in her bassinet, he will look at one of us and say “mei mei crying”.

He loves to hold Savanna or kiss her.  He now knows the drill that if he wants to hold her, he needs to sit on the couch next to one of us, and we’ll put Savanna in his lap.  He always touches her very gently.  He also likes putting his big head on Savanna’s little body to snuggle with her.

Of course, he has his “moments” as well.  Often when he sees me nursing Savanna or giving her a bottle, he’ll ask for milk.  He has asked for milk in a bottle on a few occasions, but Cliff always explains to him that bottles are for babies, and he’ll settle for milk in a cup. Sometimes if Cliff is holding Savanna, he’ll ask me to hold her so that Cliff frees up his hands to play Lego with him.

Overall, I think he is dealing quite well with the new family dynamic so far.  I’m sure things will be a little different once she’s old enough to play with his toys, but we’ll deal with that when we get there.  For now, I am really grateful and enjoying seeing his love for his sister.

My little man.


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